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The 2014-15 NBA Anti-Thread: We Hate This Game

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Since we have an NBA thread already, how about another dealing with the NBA's anti-side(see if you get the reference). All sorts of general off-court issues can, and should, be discussed here.

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I hate how quickly Cleveland has forgiven LeBron. If your significant other cheats on you in a relationship, are you supposed to completely forgive them and accept them back into your life if they come crawling back to you?

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I hate how quickly Cleveland has forgiven LeBron. If your significant other cheats on you in a relationship, are you supposed to completely forgive them and accept them back into your life if they come crawling back to you?

When that significant other is LeBron james, absolutely. :P

Really though, two major things at work...

  1. After he left, Cleveland always still wanted deep down to like LeBron, just... couldn't for obvious reasons. Once he won his title, really, a lot of the hate died down.
  2. And much more importantly, you're talking about a city that hasn't seen a championship in 50 years. As far as we're concerned, Satan himself could take the field for the Browns if he won the Super Bowl, we'd worship him.

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The NHL has Florida and Phoenix Arizona floundering and the NFL has the fact that pro football players are, in general, terrible people. Not sure what could go in this thread now that Donald Sterling and David Stern are out of the league.

Not unless another ref comes out about the league being crooked.

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Yeah; I mean, on-jersey advertising isn't a thing yet, and even that could only carry this so far, I think.

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The NHL has Florida and Phoenix Arizona floundering and the NFL has the fact that pro football players are, in general, terrible people. Not sure what could go in this thread now that Donald Sterling and David Stern are out of the league.

Not unless another ref comes out about the league being crooked.

Off of the top of my head, the fact that two-thirds of the NBA will never be able to win a championship because of the favoritism towards big-market teams.

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The NHL has Florida and Phoenix Arizona floundering and the NFL has the fact that pro football players are, in general, terrible people. Not sure what could go in this thread now that Donald Sterling and David Stern are out of the league.

Not unless another ref comes out about the league being crooked.

Off of the top of my head, the fact that two-thirds of the NBA will never be able to win a championship because of the favoritism towards big-market teams.

Tell that to the Spurs.

Teams that have good front offices will always do well while teams with moronic front offices will always fail no matter how big their market is (Knicks).

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Never really saw that as a problem manly because I don't belive you should be punished becouse your franchise is in a market with more people.

All these owners are multibillion they could spend the money for a good team if they want but they dont and even then you win without spending look at the spurs, also the cap has done more harm than good to small market teams the thunder may have a title if they didn't have to trade harden away because of the last CBA. Just to note something the last large mark team to win a title was the Lakers, Miami to most broadcast companies is Mid sized market.

This whole small market teams cant compete crap is just that complete and other :censored:!

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Never really saw that as a problem manly because I don't belive you should be punished becouse your franchise is in a market with more people.

All these owners are multibillion they could spend the money for a good team if they want but they dont and even then you win without spending look at the spurs, also the cap has done more harm than good to small market teams the thunder may have a title if they didn't have to trade harden away because of the last CBA. Just to note something the last large mark team to win a title was the Lakers, Miami to most broadcast companies is Mid sized market.

This whole small market teams cant compete crap is just that complete and utter :censored:!

FTFY

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I hate how quickly Cleveland has forgiven LeBron. If your significant other cheats on you in a relationship, are you supposed to completely forgive them and accept them back into your life if they come crawling back to you?

There's a bit of a difference between someone that you love and trust and open up to about everything to and a guy who's just really good at being good at basketball.

The NHL has Florida and Phoenix Arizona floundering and the NFL has the fact that pro football players are, in general, terrible people. Not sure what could go in this thread now that Donald Sterling and David Stern are out of the league.

Not unless another ref comes out about the league being crooked.

Off of the top of my head, the fact that two-thirds of the NBA will never be able to win a championship because of the favoritism towards big-market teams.

The Sixers are waiting for some of this big market favoritism.

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I hate how quickly Cleveland has forgiven LeBron. If your significant other cheats on you in a relationship, are you supposed to completely forgive them and accept them back into your life if they come crawling back to you?

There's a bit of a difference between someone that you love and trust and open up to about everything to and a guy who's just really good at being good at basketball.

The NHL has Florida and Phoenix Arizona floundering and the NFL has the fact that pro football players are, in general, terrible people. Not sure what could go in this thread now that Donald Sterling and David Stern are out of the league.

Not unless another ref comes out about the league being crooked.

Off of the top of my head, the fact that two-thirds of the NBA will never be able to win a championship because of the favoritism towards big-market teams.

The Sixers are waiting for some of this big market favoritism.

Seriously.

NBA Championships Won in Current Markets (this is a count of NBA titles per city rather than franchise / no ABA or BAA)

NYC/Jersey - 2*

Los Angeles - 11*

Chicago - 6

Dallas - 1

Houston - 2

Philadelphia - 4

D.C. - 1

Miami - 3

Toronto - 0

Atlanta - 0

Boston - 17

Bay Area -1

Phoenix - 0

Detroit - 3

Minneapolis - 4

Denver - 0

Charlotte - 0

Portland - 1

San Antonio - 6

Orlando - 0

Sacramento - 0

Cleveland - 0

Indianapolis - 0

Milwaukee - 1

Memphis - 0

Oklahoma City - 0

New Orleans - 0

Salt Lake City - 0

* = Market has two franchises, one with 0 NBA Championships

Seems to me that outside of the Lakers and Celtics, the only reason there a bit more championships with the top markets is because the NBA has been in those places longer. NYC has been in the NBA since the very beginning and we're still stuck on two titles, with no apparent end in sight. The NBA hasn't done anything to keep say, the Suns or Jazz or Cavaliers from winning titles. The Suns have seemingly been good in every era but never finish the deal. The Jazz lost twice to the greatest of all time. The Cavs surrounded LeBron with the Washington Generals. In short, any small market fan bitching that his team isn't winning titles because the NBA is favoring the big dogs is an idiot who doesn't actually know their NBA history.

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The best teams in the Western Conference are/were Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Memphis, and the Clippers, correct? Care to reassess that small markets can't compete claim?

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Too many timeouts, sleeved jerseys, yellow tag in back of neck, ads on jerseys coming, Jay-Z ´s face at games, Jeff Van Gundy and Hubie Brown commentating........ yes, lots of stuff to hate for sure

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The NHL has Florida and Phoenix Arizona floundering and the NFL has the fact that pro football players are, in general, terrible people. Not sure what could go in this thread now that Donald Sterling and David Stern are out of the league.

Not unless another ref comes out about the league being crooked.

I don't know about all of them. With the bad you usually have good or better football players that are good not only in public, but good outstanding human beings. For the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson you usually get the Peyton Manning and Larry Fitzgerald.

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I hate how quickly Cleveland has forgiven LeBron. If your significant other cheats on you in a relationship, are you supposed to completely forgive them and accept them back into your life if they come crawling back to you?

I think it's best to put things in perspective here. His biggest crime? Choosing to play basketball somewhere else, while donating money to a local boys and girls club in the process. He had his jersey burned and was disrespected by the owner all because he didn't tell him first. If LeBron says jump, Cleveland and Gilbert better be falling over themselves to say how high.

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I honestly think a lot of this "big market favoritism" isn't even towards the league but rather the players who choose to play there.

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Hell I could argue that it's not even market size, but market wether. the last cold wether cities to win a title are Boston, Detroit and Chicago. Lets face the fact players and people are leaving the cold wether city for warmer ones and I don't think anything will change that, players don't want to spend an 82 game season in those cities.

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I honestly think a lot of this "big market favoritism" isn't even towards the league but rather the players who choose to play there.

Well Lebron James going to Cleveland certainly doesn't support this.

Even if it is true, can you blame them? Your exposure and marketing potential is so much more on both a local and national level if you play in a market where more people get to see and know you. If your primary interest is making money (which for 99% of pro athletes it is - and probably should be) then why on earth would you sign with a team like the Bucks?

There's obviously some exceptions - was it Kevin Durant that just signed a ridiculous shoe deal? But on average, your earning potential is greater when there's more competition for your services which (at least locally) is the case in bigger markets, and where there's more exposure for the national brands that want you.

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LeBron is from Cleveland anyways and Durant has been rumored to go to the Wizards soon.

But yes, who on earth would want to be a Buck?

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But yes, who on earth would want to be a Buck?

An average-to-below-average player who, because the Bucks won't have any legit superstar players consuming most of their cap but still have to spend money, will make way more than he deserves and way more than he'd get on a premiere team that's paying Kobe or Lebron or whoever else the good players are anymore.

If I was a player who was good enough to definitely be an NBA player, but not good enough that I was sought after by anyone either as a player or as an endorser, I'd target teams like that to sign with because there's probably more there for me to make... and in some cases, they'd have to pay me more.

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